Deep in the Cochamo Valley of northern Patagonia, dark rain clouds gather on the horizon and cool breeze dash the water. However, the beach is littered with plastic and old fishing nets. In fact, each day the wind brings more plastic and it’s collected by Pedro. Pedro is one such person who feels that it’s his social responsibility to keep the beach clean.
The Cochamó Valley is striking and is known as the Yosemite of South America. It is filled with lush mountain fjords, soaring cliffs, and waterfalls pouring into deep blue lakes. But the beauty of this place often gets destroyed due to the pollution. Pedro feels that the biggest problem that they are experiencing is the dumping of plastic. So in order to bring in lasting changes one needs to take serious steps. The basic level for bringing this change is thinking about the waste.
Pedro feels that raising an awareness related to plastic pollution in the ocean. Eight million tones of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year and if this dumping continues in the sea at this high rate, there would be more plastic in the ocean than the number of fish. The best solution to deal with plastic pollution is to stop the use of plastic altogether. Alternatively, transforming plastic into something desirable can help in bringing the change.